“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Psalm 32:9
One of the greatest joys of the Christian life is that we can always be growing. There will never come a time when we know all there is to know about God. He is a limitless treasure of grace whose mercies are new each and every morning. His ways are unsearchable and His power unfathomable. Every day is a gift, ready to be unwrapped…another opportunity to go deeper in our relationship with Christ.
The hunger of a new Christian is palpable. They are so passionate about their faith and full of questions. It is wonderful! But do you know what else I find inspiring? I love being around older Christians who are just as hungry to know God more. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” As believers we never have to outgrow our hunger; and as long as we hunger, God promises to fill us with more of Himself.
Let me ask you a question. If you are a believer, have you lost your zeal for Christ…your hunger to grow deeper in your faith? I hope not! There are some practical ways to both renew that desire, and to keep it burning each and every day. For example, read a Christian biography. That may sound daunting, but you can find these biographies in all styles, lengths, and even reading levels. You will be challenged and inspired by the trials and victories of those who have gone before you. If you are not in a small-group Bible study, join one. The opportunities for friendship and growth are endless in a good, Bible-centered small group. And finally, make sure you are serving in your Church Family. Serving others brings joy, deeper connections, friendships, and accountability.
God’s desire is that His children grow in understanding, knowledge, and wisdom. He wants us to come to Him willingly, rather than being controlled like a horse with bit and bridle. A teachable spirit, along with an eagerness to grow and learn, is building blocks of deeper faith. And when we come, He will always fill us with more. So let’s seek to live life unbridled, willingly returning for more and more of our Savior.
Dear Lord, I don't want to be bridled. Instead I want to follow your lead through the minefields of life so that I do not misstep or get hurt. Please give me a submissive heart that is totally surrendered to you. In Jesus' name, amen.